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Heartbreakers : baseball's most agonizing defeats
Kuenster, John.
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Publication Information:
Chicago, IL : Ivan R. Dee, [2001]

Physical Description:
274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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GV863.A1 K85 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A veteran baseball writer recalls 15 of the game's most painful disasters of the last century and looks at them from the loser's point of view.

Author Notes

John Kuenster is editor of Baseball Digest and executive editor of Century Publishing Company in Evanston, Illinois.

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Library Journal Review

We tend to remember heartbreaks more vividly than triumphs. Here, Kuenster, editor of that library magazine staple, Baseball Digest, tells the inside story of some great upsets. He deftly includes two teams synonymous with heartbreak: the Boston Red Sox (featuring their near-triumphs of 1975, 1978, and 1986) and the Chicago Cubs (emphasizing their 1969 and 1984 immolations). Kuenster is a great storyteller who relates 15 tales in a captivating and insightful way. True baseball aficionados will enjoy. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
1951: Dodgers Crushed by the "Shot Heard 'Round the World"p. 9
1960: The Yankees Walk the Plank in Pittsburghp. 29
1962: A Line Drive Spells the End of the Giantsp. 43
1965: Koufax Throws Strikes in Taming the Twinsp. 57
1969: Mets Deflate the Cubs' Pennant Hopesp. 72
1972: A Wild Pitch Sinks the Piratesp. 89
1975: Red Sox Edged by the Reds in a Memorable Classicp. 103
1977: Royals Flushed by the Yankeesp. 120
1978: Bucky "Dents" the Red Sox with a Borrowed Batp. 137
1984: Cubs' Lofty Intentions Are Grounded by the Padresp. 153
1986: Angels' Wings Are Clipped by the Red Soxp. 172
1986: Astros Fall to the Mets in a 16-Inning Marathonp. 190
1986: Red Sox Denied a World Series Title Once Morep. 208
1992: Pennant Eludes the Pirates for the Third Straight Yearp. 227
1997: The Indians Are Ambushed by the Marlins in Extra Inningsp. 245
Indexp. 265